MLS Power Rankings, Week 4: LA Galaxy Return To Top Tier

David Beckham has been surprisingly stable for the LA Galaxy this year, helping lead them into the top tier of SB Nation's MLS Power Rankings. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

One week after there was almost no movement in SB Nation's MLS Power Rankings, Week 4 has brought us some significant changes. Chief among them is the return of the Los Angeles Galaxy to the top tier, as well as the dropping of the New York Red Bulls to our second tier.

The Philadelphia Union have also started to pick up significant top-tier votes (four) as they now have the fifth-most points among the 18 teams. The Colorado Rapids, meanwhile, lost a good chunk of their support. A week after just two voters left them off the top tier, they are now considered to be a Supporters' Shield contender by just 16 of our 21 voters.

As has been the case in recent weeks, I've asked various editors from around the SB Nation soccer community to give some thoughts on various teams:

Playing For The Shield

Real Salt Lake

100% (63 out of 63 points)

Colorado Rapids

92% (58 out of 63 points)

Los Angeles Galaxy

88% (56 out of 63 points)

We all know RSL is the top dog in the league, that much is clear. After that for me is LA. The talent is certainly there, and aside from the blowout loss to RSL the quality in their play has been there. The Galaxy were unlucky in D.C., as they were a Charlie Davies dive away from leaving RFK with three points. For me once Landon Donovan starts producing here, the Galaxy will be just fine.

- Drew Epperley, SB Nation/Soccer

Enjoy The Playoffs

New York Red Bulls

77% (49 out of 63 points)

Philadelphia Union

69% (44 out of 63 points)

FC Dallas

61% (39 out of 63 points)

Seattle Sounders

58% (37 out of 63 points)

Sporting Kansas City

52% (33 out of 63 points)

San Jose Earthquakes

50% (32 out of 63 points)

The Red Bulls have plenty of talent. Any look at their roster will wow you, but the simple fact is that since their first match of the season they haven't won a match and that's come against three teams that are going to be on the playoff bubble at best. They have played well for the most part so it's clear that New York is a good team, but if you want to be considered elite you need the results.

- Ryan Rosenblatt, SB Nation/Soccer

Still Something To Prove

Chicago Fire

47% (30 out of 63 points)

Houston Dynamo

41% (26 out of 63 points)

DC United

30% (19 out of 63 points)

New England Revolution

23% (15 out of 63 points)

Vancouver Whitecaps

23% (15 out of 63 points)

It pains me to move the Revolution down to no-man's land in the bottom tier, but Real Salt Lake's reserves served to clear out all the smoke and mirrors that have been obscuring the reality in New England after an unbeaten start to the season. Even in the one victory and three draws the Revs have been riding their luck heavily, consistently displaying a chronic inability to simply pass the ball and hold possession even in low-pressure situations. Until someone on the pitch besides Shalrie Joseph can complete a pass and they can get some service to the strikers, they won't be able to even threaten mid-table in a weak Eastern conference.

- Steve Stoehr, The Bent Musket

At Least There's No Relegation

Columbus Crew

6% (4 out of 63 points)

Toronto FC

6% (4 out of 63 points)

Portland Timbers

3% (2 out of 63 points)

Chivas USA

0% (0 out of 63 points)

Columbus has more points than I thought they would right now but I still vote to keep them down in the bottom tier. A 0-0 draw against Chivas this past weekend is nothing to brag about, they managed to draw 0-0 against Red Bulls in their home opener and Daniel Robertson of Big D Soccer went into great detail about all the problems FC Dallas went through in his recap of the game where Columbus’ one win so far.  They have been getting positive results but I still feel their big loses to Real Salt Lake and D.C. United are more representative of what we can expect from Columbus in the future.

- Tweed Thornton, Hot Time In Old Town

How It Works: Each of the 21 participants puts Major League Soccer's clubs into one of the four tiers. Teams in the top tier get three points. Next tier, two points, then one, then zero. Voters can put as many teams into each tier as they see fit. Though the vote total orders the teams, the clubs are intended to be grouped, not sorted. Although some of the names may indicate otherwise, the point of this is to assess current form and our voters are instructed to place teams in tiers based how those teams will fair in coming weeks.

Who participated: Jeremiah Oshan (SB Nation, soccer); Kevin McCauley (SB Nation, soccer); Aaron Campeau (SB Nation, soccer); Ryan Rosenblatt (SB Nation, soccer); Drew Epperley (SB Nation, soccer); Steve Davis (Daily Soccer Fix); Martin Shatzer (Black and Red United); Scott Kessler (Brotherly Game); Chris "UZ" White (Burgundy Wave); Zach Woosley (Dynamo Theory); Denzel Eslinger (RSL Soapbox); Robert Jonas (Quake, Rattle and Goal); Daniel Robertson (Big D Soccer); Dave Clark (Sounder at Heart); Andy Edwards (The Daily Wiz); Geoff Gibson (Stumptown Footy), Duncan Fletcher (Waking the Red), Steve Stoehr (The Bent Musket); Tweed Thornton (Hot Time in Old Town), Ben Schneider (Once a Metro); Jeff King (The Goat Parade).

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